Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Exploring the Limousin: Le circuit des 2 digues

Exploring the Limousin. A wonderful place to explore on foot and renowned for the many footpaths and trails in the area. With walks suitable for all levels and abilities - from a short stroll along the Lac de Vassiviere to longer walking holidays taking in the lush green Limousin countryside, lakes and mountainous terrain. The Limousin is also a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers alike with many species making their home in the unspoiled landscape. There will definitely be many opportunities to get the camera out and snap away too. 

A current favourite walking circuit that starts nearby us here at De Tout Coeur Limousin is the circuit des 2 digues (the circuit of 2 barrages). A beautiful 7km route taking in the 2 barrages on the Lac de Vassiviere, then off into the forest through farmland and rural French villages, taking in several puys and viewing points along the way. A lovely way to spend a few hours.
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Exploring the Limousin: Le circuit des 2 digues


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds

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pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds 


Pear frangipane tart with black sesame seeds. The sprinkling of black sesame seeds add a delicious nutty flavour and contrast to the soft and sweet pear frangipane. Perfect at anytime - a decadent breakfast or afternoon pastry with a cup of tea or coffee or serve warm as a dessert with a spoonful of thick creme fraiche or ice cream. It would also be great with apricots or fresh peach slices instead of the pears too. A new favourite here at De Tout Coeur Limousin - and one we will definitely be making again. 

ingredients:

1 puff pastry sheet rolled into 30 cm diameter circle 
2 pears peeled, cored and cut into eight segments lengthwise
50g ground almonds
50g caster sugar
50g plain flour 
50g butter room temperature
1 pinch salt
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tsp rose water or almond essence
2 eggs

method:

preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/400F

line a 25cm flan dish with the pastry sheet leaving the edges hanging over the edge of the dish

to make the frangipane filling add the butter, flour, ground almonds, sugar, 1 egg, pinch of salt and almond essence/rose water to a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and well blended

spread the frangipane over the prepared pastry case, place the pear slices evenly on top of the frangipane filling and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of black sesame seeds

fold over the edges of the pastry, beat the remaining egg and brush over the pastry, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tbsp black sesame seeds before putting in the oven

bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into slices if you are serving immediately. Delicious hot or cold. 



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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Rosehip & mint lassi

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Rosehip and mint lassi 


A cool & refreshing blended yogurt drink recipe perfect for sunny days. The rosehip and mint add a sweetness and fresh flavour to the tangy yogurt - a delicious combination (and a great way of using the beautiful fresh mint that is in abundance in the garden). Ready in just a few minutes after a quick whizz in the blender. 

We are in the middle of a heat wave here in the Limousin and it's at times like these that we are even more grateful to live near the Lac de Vassiviere, which is great for a quick cool down when the temperatures rise. 

Ironically, as I write the rain has started to fall and I can here the vegetable patch (and Eric le chien) breath a sigh of relief as the water starts to cool them down. It's only a quick shower however and over as soon as it began. Time to get the blender out and make another lassi I think...

My rosehip and mint lassi is great served on its own, as a summer cooler, but goes really well alongside curries and spicy dishes too. 

recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin
preparation time: less than 10 minutes 


serves 2


ingredients:
400ml plain natural yogurt
3-4 tbsp rosehip syrup (or alternatively you can use rose syrup/cordial or rosewater to taste)
handful chopped fresh mint
handful ice cubes
dash of milk (to thin if necessary)


method:

add all ingredients to a blender and whizz until well mixed. Thin with a bit of extra milk if necessary. 




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Sunday, 10 July 2016

our week in photos

The Tour de France comes through Eymoutiers


Mark Cavendish wearing the green sprinters jersey 
the peloton coming through Eymoutiers 
Peter Sagan - wearing the yellow jersey
giant chickens! 

Sunny, summer days at De Tout Coeur Limousin


sunshine in the garden
summer days 
Eric le chien and Prawnie the cat enjoying a bit of sun in the garden
sweet williams in flower outside the barn

hay bales in the field next to us -  a favourite summer sight

 homegrown vegetables in the garden at De Tout Coeur Limousin 

the tomatoes enjoying the sunshine
lovely courgette flowers in the garden

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup

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Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup 


The sun is shining here in the Creuse and it is lovely to see the vegetable patch coming to life - with courgettes flowering and the chard seeming to grow an extra foot a day!  This is the first year of my little vegetable patch here at De Tout Coeur Limousin and it is exciting to go out every day and check what is ready to pick. The herbs are growing in abundance, a little lemon verbena shoot I planted just a few weeks ago has sprung into life and produced a large shrub. The mint, as always, is taking over the garden, not a thing I mind however as I love to add it to my cooking and recipes. From a delicious addition to salads to fresh mint teas. It seems to grow back almost as quickly as I pick it.

A refreshing cooler for summer days - my simple recipe for Earl Grey, lemon verbena and mint syrup is a real showcase for the fresh herbs in season at the moment. It can be added to still or sparkling water to make a refreshing iced tea, or add a dash or 2 to a summer cocktail or non-alcoholic drink. An equally good addition to a gin and tonic or a glass of lemonade for apero o' clock. 

Watch this space for more seasonal recipes using our homegrown produce. I have a feeling there may be one or two for courgettes coming up!


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Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup 


preparation/cooking time: less than 30 minutes 
recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
3/4 cup chopped lemon verbena
3 Earl Grey tea bags or 6 tsps loose leaf tea
zest and juice of 1 lemon

method: 


add the Earl Grey tea bags/loose tea to 2 cups of just boiled water, stir and brew for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags/tea leaves and strain through a sieve into a saucepan.


add the sugar, chopped mint and lemon verbena and lemon zest and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.


leave to cool completely before straining and storing in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Dilute to taste.



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